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12.19.12 Andy Cush

Myna birds, native to Southeast Asia, are prized for their ability to repeat human phrases. In a zoo in Hubei, China, one such bird was known to spout off courteous, friendly sayings to visitors: things like “hello,” “good fortune,” and goodbye. According to China Daily, sometimes it “even sang a song.” But then the unthinkable happened. One […]

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11.28.12 Andy Cush

Staten Island store owner Zachary Osher was looking out the window of his shop this morning this when he spotted the above adorable critters, a zebra and a horse, trotting through the parking lot. Incredulous, he started shooting footage on his iPhone (in portrait, goddamnit). Evidently, the pair had escaped from a petting zoo down […]

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07.07.10 Bucky Turco

A Massachusetts zoo has come up with a rather simple way to help their already miserable animals beat the miserable heat: five-gallon blood popsicles and other frozen treats. […]

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06.25.10 Bucky Turco

Frosty, the Denver Zoo’s only male polar bear, is dead. […]

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06.16.10 Bucky Turco

In America we have cutesy petting zoos with gentle little lambs, but in China, the feeding of animals for fun can get a bit more hardcore. According to the AFP, a wildlife park near Beijing creates feeding spectacles by letting tourists buy live chickens ($4) and goats ($60) to feed to hungry lions. This and […]

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11.09.09 Cajun Boy

Over the weekend a baby deer somehow wandered into the lion exhibit of the National Zoo in Washington D.C. As about 100 onlookers watched, the deer was predictably attacked by the lions, but somehow managed to escape, only to be euthanized by zoo officials afterwards. Here is video of the incident that one of the […]

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11.03.09 Will Sherman

German zookeepers are baffled why this Spectacled Bear, a South American species traditionally found in the wild not a cage, has lost nearly all of its fur. |NYT| Photo by Jan Woitas/EPP […]

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09.02.09 Will Sherman

Veterinarians failed to save the life of a Coney Island walrus suffering from pneumonia. A lifelong captive of the New York Aquarium, 2-year-old Akittuusaw is finally free to join Ayvek, his father who was killed by infection last year, wherever it is that dead zoo animals go. |NYDN| […]

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07.30.09 Will Sherman

Photographer Simon Kossoff explores the bleak artificial environments of animal enclosures in this photo essay. |JPG| […]

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06.29.09 Will Sherman

Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo is trashed: a toxic waste barrel on the aquarium reef, a car wreck in the rhino’s watering hole, an oil pump in the penguin pen, and old bathtubs and signs dumped in the crocodile lagoon. These were just some of the installations created by artists Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempft for “Trouble […]

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